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No one injured in explosion, fire at Little Tikes plant in Hudson

Beacon Journal staff report

HUDSON: An explosion and fire Wednesday evening at the Little Tikes plant resulted in minimal structure damage.

No one was injured.

The Hudson Fire Department responded to the report of an explosion and fire in a powder room and maintenance shop at the Little Tikes facility on Barlow Road at 5:59 p.m. Wednesday.

Tom Richmond, executive vice president of Little Tikes, said company officials believe static electricity igniting some plastic resin caused the fire.

“No one was hurt. The factory was evacuated for safety. All was back to normal by the next day after thorough review by our personnel, city of Hudson fire department, and our electrical contractors,” Richmond said Friday. “We want to thank our city firefighters and police for a rapid and efficient response.”

Twenty-two Hudson firefighters responded with two engines, heavy rescue, utility truck and ladder truck. Personnel from the Stow, Twinsburg, Valley Fire and Streetsboro departments assisted.

Firefighters remained on the scene until approximately 10 p.m. to ensure the fire was completely extinguished and to investigate its cause.

The damage estimated has not been determined.



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